By Brian Willwerth
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup points leader is now a lot richer.
Carl Edwards drove the #99 car into victory lane Saturday night to win the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With the win, he pocketed a cool $1 million.
The hype leading up to this event promised aggressive racing, with drivers going all-out for the win. But that never materialized. Edwards won three of the four segments in the 100-lap race. When the final segment began, Edwards jumped back into the lead on the restart, and was never challenged the rest of the way.
The only drama came from Edwards himself, after he took the checkered flag. He wrecked his car in the infield afterward. But even that didn’t stop “Cousin Carl” from doing his trademark victory back flip.
Kyle Busch and David Reutimann finished second and third, respectively. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who earned a spot in the event via a fan vote, was never a factor. He finished 14th.
This was a non-points race. The next race is NASCAR’s longest of the season: the Coca-Cola 600, also at Charlotte Motor Speedway.